The Paradise Island of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, the tiny island situated South to India is well known for its quality tea which is famous around the world as “Ceylon Tea”. Well, It’s not only tea that Sri Lanka is famous for, But for its breath-taking travel destinations.Spreading across a land area of 65640 Square Kilometers, this island can tremble any traveler with her everlasting beauty. However, most of the travelers, especially from the western world, have an impression that there wouldn’t be much to explore in Sri Lanka considering its land area, which is terribly wrong.
Sri Lanka has every single type of traveler covered. For a small island, there are tons of things to see and do in Sri Lanka. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plants to highlands and sandy beaches. Further, Sri Lanka is also one of the leading romantic destinations in the whole world and it brings spiritual tranquility and chance to rediscover oneself.
So, let’s go through some of the most iconic tourist attraction points in the paradise island of Sri Lanka.
Beaches & Sunbathing
The paradise island of Sri Lanka has long been a popular beach destination with miles of its gorgeous coastline. It’s the perfect place to unify a cultural tour with a bit of downtime at the beach and it’s equally as perfect for pure beach holidays spent chilling out at a resort. Whether you are a family looking to entertain kids, a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a solo traveler seeking peace and quiet, the paradise island of Sri Lanka has a beach for everyone.
Unawatuna beach is a picturesque semicircular bay beach that stretches no more than one kilometer. As the numerous other fine beaches in the South Western and Southern coastline of Sri Lanka, Unawatuna too is fringed by lush groves of coconut palm trees. People on short vacations like to spend it in the southern part of the paradise island of Sri Lanka with roughly a one hour ride from its capital city Colombo.There are two beaches in Unawatuna. One is the main beach & the other is ‘Jungle Beach’.
The mayiin beach in Unawatuna is where most of the tourist will go to. The main beach is near the city center, all the good resturants, and the little bars. There’s a nice vibe at this beach which can last a long time after sunset.
The Jungle Beach is a small beach lost in the jungle. This is the best place in the area for snorkeling, with easy access to the water and a sheltered bay from the stronger wave sand currents in Unawatuna. Many tourists skip or don’t know about Jungle Beach, which makes it a lot more quite.
Further, you can do surfing in Unawatuna & release baby turtles from the hatchery. The best time to visit Unawatuna is from December until April & from July until the end of September
Bentota is famed as the prime beach resort of the south-western and southern coastel belts of Sri Lanka. With an array of luxury hotels, facilities and amenities for the foreign tourists. It provides the perfect location for extended holidays by the beach. Some of the hotels herein provide high quality Ayurvedic healing centres. Some of the most sumptuous places to stay in this island of paradise are located in these beaches.
Calm seas during the season from November to April make Bentota Beach ideal for snorkeling, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, and deep sea fishing on a traditional outrigger canoe. It’s enriched with safe swimming conditions in the season combined with fun water sports and exciting excursions that set up an ideal for a perfect background for chilling holiday in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, in Bentota a range of scuba diving and snorkeling stores are found in the vicinity, while the majority is operated by industry certified professionals holding the PADI certification providing equipment, assistance and guidance to diving enthusiasts.
The best time to visit Bentota is as same as it’s for Unawatuna.
Sightseeing & Nature
Nuwara Eliya also known as ‘ Little England’ , was the favourite hill station of the British who tried to create the resort into a typical English village which is located in the hill country of the paradise island of Sri Lanka .It is blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery, it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 km from hot & humid Colombo. It is also known for many beautiful tea plantations and waterfalls that surround it. In short, this is a must in any trip in Sri Lanka, and it is good to give it at least half a day in the city and one day to visit the tea factories and waterfalls.
Nuwara Eliya Top sights
- Horton Plain’s National Park
- Hakgala Botanical Garden
- Gregory Lake
- Seetha Amman Temple
- Devon Falls
- Clairs Falls
- Lover’s Leap waterfall
Sinharaja Rain Forest
Sinharaja Rain Forest, UNESCO named a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is an ideal day trip for nature enthusiasts who visits The Paradise Island Of Sri Lanka. The reserve is only 21 km from east to west, and a maximum of 7km from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Sinharaja is also a main and Biosphere forest reserve, and a large proportion of the flora in this forest is endemic to the country. Some species are endemic to the Sinharaja Forest itself. Sinharaja also has many species of endemic fauna.
Once you fall in love with the astounding nature and beauty of your Sinharaja Forest Tour, there’s really not falling out and you’ll be thinking of ‘forevers’. The experience is really a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. So make sure that you explore the best of the rainforest by indulging in all or most of the following.
- Sinharaja Rainforest camping
- Jungle safari tour
- Bird watching
- Trekking & hiking
History & Culture
The sacred city Anuradhapura, now in picturesque ruins is one of the perfect destinations in Sri Lanka to have an idea about this countrys’ history. The fascinating ancient ruins include huge bell-shaped stupas built of small sundried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces and ancient drinking water reservoirs. The history of this city goes down to 500 B.C where it became the Sri Lankas’ political & religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years. The city also had some of the most complex irrigation systems of the ancient world. Most of the great reservoir tanks still survive today and some may be the oldest surviving reservoirs in the world. There are plenty of things to see in this historical city. Here are some of those.
What to see in Anuradhapura.
- Sri Maha bodhiya
- Abhayagiri Dagaba
- Rathna Prasadaya
Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. Although it is set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforests, it’s an ideal place to study the culture of the paradise island of Sri Lanka. It is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth.
The Esala Perehara in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest festivals in Sri Lanka’ featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants which is held in the month of August. It is celebrated in honour to the sacred Tooth Relic and the four ‘guardian’ gods. The Esela Perehara is considered as an exihibition of the key aspects of the cultural elements of Sri Lanka.
What to see in Kandy.
- Dalada Maligawa
- Kandy Lake
- Giragama Tea Plantation
- Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden
- Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
- Dalada Maligawa Museum
- Esela Perehera
- The commonwealth cemetry
If Sri Lanka wasn’t in your bucket list of countries to travel, I bet you wouldn’t think twice to include it now. Well, it is only a very few tourist attraction points in Sri Lanka that’s been described here. Moreover, It will take an entire year to describe the things this tiny island has to offer & if you make your way to Sri Lanka, I’m 100% sure you won’t regret it. Just know about the following facts before visiting Sri Lanka.
- Sri Lanka is a safe country to travel to
- Traveling around Sri Lanka is affordable, but not as cheap as other South Asian countries
- Many Sri Lankans can communicate in English
- It is relatively uncrowded
- Sri Lanka is a photographer’s dream come true
- You’ll need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka